Private House in Surbiton

This detached Victorian house was extended to accommodate the needs of a young family with three small children.

The programme was organized into two distinctive structures: the larger and higher volume is placed at the back of the house to face the garden and make the best use of the south orientation and to accommodate a large Family Room open to the new Kitchen. A longer and thinner volume, only 1.15m wide, stands to the western side of the house and accommodates a Toilet, a Utility and a dining booth facing the Family Room. All the functions that are housed in the secondary volume have direct access either from the original house or the rear extension, thus generating a hierarchy of served and servant volumes, a relationship that is homogeneous to that between the house and the extension.
The timber structures, while distinctive in their proportions, are connected by a shallow volume that doubles as a bench to create an architectural continuum and to emphasize the effect of a secondary volume wrapped around a primary one.

While the extension makes use of a modern idiom, so that it is clearly distinguished from the original house and so that the history of its development becomes immediately apparent, the size of the red cedar cladding boards, left untreated to allow a natural silvering process, matches that of the Victorian brickwork to bind house and extension together.
As the budget did not make possible the use a bespoke profile, an off-the-shelf board was selected and further grooved at mid point to recreate the brick pattern of the façade.

A tall and slender pivoting door, positioned at the boundary between the original house and the new intervention, allows a direct view of the garden from the front of the house and facilitates an innovative relationship with the outside.

Photo: Gianluca Maver

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joemead81 wrote:15 Apr 2017
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    Francesco Pierazzi Architects

    Hi there. The cedar has not been treated and left to naturally age. Hope this helps. Regards, FPArchitects

Abi May wrote:6 Feb 2017
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    Francesco Pierazzi Architects

    Hi there, this particular set was around 5K fitted; that was a some 3 yrs ago though. Hope this helps. Best, FPArchitects

mirandamarchese wrote:26 Feb 2015
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    Francesco Pierazzi Architects
    Hello, the cladding is actually bespoke, it's standard red cedar 180mm board grooved at mid point to create the narrow effect. Hope this helps. FPArchitects

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Marc Crowley added this to My ideas2 Sep 2019

LHS interesting & makes for less cuboidy feel. Potential transition area with some storage & keeping rain/wind outside.

Joey Barela added this to Exterior26 Aug 2019

Interesting combination of exterior materials

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